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Obituary for Elizabeth Ann ‘Betty’ Hurtubise

July 25, 1939 – July 5, 2023

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” (Nee: Hamers) Hurtubise passed away on July 5, 2023, at Aurora Medical Center in Mount Pleasant, Wis., with members of her loving family at her side. Betty was born in Racine, to Joseph and Judith (Lefever) Hamers on July 25, 1939. She attended St. Joseph School and graduated from St. Catherine’s High School, “Class of 1957.”

Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Hurtubise
Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Hurtubise

Betty made friends anywhere and everywhere. She took great pride in her ability to make a house feel like home. During her younger years, she loved hosting and attending many family gatherings, gardening and events with friends. She was active with both the St. John Nepomuk church and school and later volunteered at the Racine Theatre Guild after her retirement.

Betty worked various jobs while also staying home to raise her children. She loved parties with her family and socializing with friends. Additionally, she liked to read, do puzzles and word searches, play cards and various games, love on animals, joke around and find any excuse for a treat, especially a chocolate treat.

She had been previously married to Vernon Hurtubise of Racine. She is survived by her four children: Barbara (Larry) Mutchie of Racine and Wautoma, Wis.; Susan (William, Jr.) Beckett of Mount Pleasant; Mary (Kevin) Campbell of Henderson, Nev.; and William (Dean) Hurtubise-Palmer of Mount Pleasant. She is further survived by her seven grandchildren: Eric (Nichole) Mutchie; Christine (Nathan) Mulder; Janet (Robert) Lafferty; Brian (Claire) Hartley; Andrew Palmer; Aliza Palmer and Leighton Palmer. Additionally, she is survived by six great-grandchildren: Ryan, Chloe, Nick, Ethan, Jaxson and Caroline, and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Judy Hamers; her two sisters and brothers-in-law: Doris (Jack) Hisey; Donna (Joe) Kavalauskas; as well as a brother and sister-in-law: James and Jeanette Hamers.


Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11, at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 40 Ohio Street, Racine, with Reverend Jennifer Gleichhauf officiating. Relatives and friends may meet prior to the service from 4 p.m. until the time of service. Private inurnment will be held at Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum in Racine. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Lung Association or American Heart Association have been suggested.

We offer heartfelt thanks to the staff at Aurora Medical Center and Ridgewood Nursing Care, for their extreme care of our mother, and also concern for us, as we endured this final journey with her.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home.

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